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Sayulita, Mexico // January 2016

Hola de Mexico, amigos! I am writing and posting on my iPad in a hostel in Mexico City. I arrived yesterday after spending a week on the beach in Sayulita, Mexico. This is the beginning of a 6 week trip abroad I planned for myself that culminates in the Envision Festival in Costa Rica at the end of February. I’m trying my darnedest to post once a week here, so keep checking in!

These photos are just a small taste of Sayulita, a small, beach town near Puerto Vallarta that stole my heart this week. It is near sacred ground for the indigenous people called the Huichol, and, some believe, a portal to the afterlife. With all of this magical and spiritual energy as a foundation, it makes sense to me why Sayulita attracts so many surfers, artists and healers.

This town is like a constant festival and celebration of life. I have never been to a place where I felt so immediately enveloped in community and love. People from all over the world live here in harmony with the native Mexicans. You can find pretty much every type of cuisine and the shops are full of beautiful craft jewelry, clothing and housewares.

My week here was especially sweet because I stayed with my friend Sara, a Portlandian who recently decided to set down her roots in Sayulita. She is an absolutely beautiful spirit, a talented yogi and aerialist, and seemed to pretty much know everyone around town. Her roommates Joann and Melissa, from Kansas and Canada respectively, became my soul sisters very quickly.

It brings me to tears as I type this because of how many beautiful and honest connections I made in such a short time. I met so many people on my wavelength: grounded and spiritual, physically active and highly creative, non-judgmental and friendly, motivated yet easy-going and trusting of the flow of the universe. A week was too short and I will surely return someday soon.

Muchas gracias Sayulita. Tienes mi corazon. Para Sarita, Juanita, Melissa, Pepe, Nico, Janelle, Tom, Carolina, Marley, Tyler, Elias, Kelvin, Katie, Janice, Manny, Antonio, Javier, Jose + fam, and everyone else who received me with such warmth. Tarda una hora en conocerte y solo un dia en enamorarme. Pero me llevará toda una vida poder olvidarte. ❤️

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